2017: my year in review

berner pup

It's that time of year again.....time for a year in review post! These posts may seem silly (and probably pretty repetitive this time of year) but I always love looking back and reflecting on years past. My first EVER blog post was a review of 2011....my how things have changed in six years!

2017 was a great year filled with exciting opportunities and new adventures. I traveled all around the world, checked a lot of things off my bucket list, had a bunch of "firsts." learned to be happy with who I am and where I'm at while working towards my goals and dreams. Of course some crappy things happened - health, home warranties, insurance and finances don't always go according to plan - but taking those things in stride and looking at the big picture makes it all OK. If 2018 is half as great as 2017, I'll be more than satisfied.

historic home

cupids undie run outfit

okc berner meet up

miracle miles 5k



lettering workshop

squat your dog challenge

tammin sursok

a day in nyc

visit london

visit paris

visit rome

news interview

britney spears oops i did it again costume

okc bloggers

christmas morning

I turned 27. I did a juice cleanse. I had an MRI.  I went to physical therapy...a lot. The US got a new president. I got my three year Koda Crossfit letterman jacket. I ran around downtown OKC in a mermaid bodysuit to raise money to help #end NF. I moved into a historical home that I remodeled and designed myself. I started facetiming with my bestie monthly. I got TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry. I went to an Oklahoma Bernese Mountain Dog meet-up. I also went to a Thunder playoff game. I started to take this blog thing seriously and I worked hard to grow it. I ate crawfish and drank mimosas while other people ran the OKC marathon. I put the Miracle Miles 5k/10k together for the third year in a row and raised $20,000 for the Children's Miracle Network. I won $11 betting on the Kentucky Derby winner - and then I won best dressed at the neighborhood watch party! I worked on my aerobic base. I checked seeing Tim McGraw in concert off my bucket list. I ran a 5k for the first time in a long time. I vacationed in a beach front cabana in Belize. I hosted a brunch party. C & I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary with brunch and ice cream. I took a brush lettering class. I participated in the "Squat Your Dog" challenge. I got to try my first Sprinkles ATM cupcake. I was invited to a movie set. I met Jenna from Pretty Little Liars and David Koechner from Anchor Man.  I spent my life savings during the #NSale. I watched the solar eclipse. I signed up for StudioHop. I got in a wreck. Kylo went on a diet and we started treating his elbow dysplasia. I ran around NYC for a day. I flew across the pond and toured Europe! I saw Big Ben. I rode in a red double decker bus. I walked through Buckingham Palace and The Tower of London. I got a picture with a member of the Royal Guard. I ate a full English breakfast (even the black pudding). I had high tea at Kensington Palace. I took the chunnel to Paris. I climbed all the steps to the Eiffel Tower and the Sacré-Coeur. I sipped Angelina's hot chocolate, devoured macaroons and ate escargot. I shopped on Champs de Eleeses. I ran into my neighbor in a Parisian Bakery. I had a breakdown in the Paris airport....oops. I threw a coin in the Trevi Fountain. I shopped at Gucci on the Via Condotti. I climbed the Spanish Steps. I fell in love with carbonara. I explored the Coloseum and the Roman Forum. I toured the Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter's Basillica. I sipped wine and painted with new blogger friends. I staycationed in OKC. I white water rafted through downtown. I was nominated to be on my historic neighborhood's board. I started dabbling in yoga again. I read a lot of books. I cheered on the Pokes at every home game.....even when they didn't deserve it. I was accepted to RewardStyle. I was interviewed on the local news. I flew to Houston for a conference. Then I flew to Austin for a friends weekend getaway. I dressed up as Oops I Did It Again Britney Spears for Halloween. I sat front row at a fashion show. I found out I'm going to be an aunt! I decorated my house to the fullest for Christmas, including our first real Christmas tree as a married couple. I had shoulder surgery. I became a Starbucks Gold Member. I binged hard and finished every episode of Pretty Little Liars. I celebrated the holidays with loved ones and ended the year in a good place....even though I had a sling on my arm.

For 2018, I have a few goals to work towards. Resolutions, goals, whatever. I'm all for them if they push me to be a better version of myself. I did a pretty good job of accomplishing my goals for 2017, so I hope to keep the momentum going this year!

  • Rehab my shoulder and stay healthy/fit in the meantime
  • Continue to grow Amanda's OK and truly find my blogging niche
  • Find a way to share my passion for health and fitness with others
  • Travel somewhere every month
  • Break my post-lunch caffeine addiction - kinda started this early since I couldn't have carbonated beverages post-op. But I need to keep it up! I'm thinking Starby's only once a week.
  • Work towards an emotional support dog certificate with Kylo (maybe)
  • Pay off my credit card ... or at least pay it down, ha!
  • Put more money into my travel fund
  • Stop comparing myself to others, whether that be at the gym, in blogging, on IG, etc. We are all in different chapters of our own stories
  • Be better about repurposing outfits in new ways instead of ordering new stuff all the time

What are your resolutions/goals? I'd love to hear - I may even borrow some of them for myself! I definitely stole the last one from my blogger friend Courtney from Life of a Med School Wife.... it was just too fitting and relatable! 

As always, thanks for reading...it means so much! Cheers to what 2018 holds!

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